File No. 312.11/1073.
The American Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Mexico City, February 12, 1913—noon.
The Embassy is crowded with Americans driven from their homes by the firing or the occupation of their homes by troops. Their number will doubtless increase and other nationalities will probably seek the Embassy’s protection. As the resultant sanitary conditions would become intolerable, I am distributing the majority among adjoining houses, keeping here only those for whom there are beds or sofas. I desire to be instructed whether I am authorized generally to supervise and care for these people.